08/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The 20 Most Productive Nations In The World: 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. decided to find the most productive countries in the world. The challenge of creating this list could be framed in a number of ways. 24/7 elected to use GDP per capita as the measurement. The GDP is, of course, affected by the education of the populations of these countries, their natural resources or manufacturing expertise. In addition the political philosophy regarding a minimum standard of living adopted by each country was a factor that has an impact on the earning power of the people in each of these countries.

The list is divided into several groups each of which has a significant and identifiable hallmark for its place on the list of the nations with high productivity.